The recommended way to use the API is to use the docker image. We publish the released API releases as docker images on Dockerhub at


Configuration is described in the BEL Python package documentation

Configuration documentation

Docker Compose

Development Installation

Please read Contributing to understand how to contribute to this project.

  1. Fork the bel_api project at
  2. git clone <your project fork>
  3. make dev_install
  4. To make bel python package editable pip install -e <directory of bel python package>